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Langmuir's World


Filmmaker Roger R. Summerhayes assembled this documentary about his grandfather, Irving Langmuir, a little-remembered scientific mind who was the first American industrial scientist to win the Nobel Prize. Possessing a keen intellect and iconoclastic outlook, Langmuir was a contemporary and acquaintance of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and Charles Lindbergh, and pioneered the field of "pure research" during his tenure at General Electric (his open-ended study into the behavior of gasses led to the...more